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Mithali shines in victory

Mithali shines in victory

India opener, Mithali Raj scored an unbeaten 54 runs off 48 deliveries to lead the visitors to a seven-wicket victory over the Momentum Proteas in the first Women's T20 global at Senwes Park on Tuesday.

The manner in which the young Indian side came out guns blazing made the loss in the dead rubber third ODI prior to the series look like a rare bad day in office.

However, 17-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues, also on debut, came out all guns blazing by clobbering three fours and a six in her first seven balls of worldwide cricket.

Despite the change in role, however, she still led from the front to lay the bedrock for India's successful chase, her importance to the side underlined by Harmanpreet's failure - who was run out for a duck as she attempted to get off the mark to the very first ball she faced.

A heel injury has forced veteran India pacer Jhulan Goswami to withdraw from the five-match series but the team did not feel her absence till Tyrons blitz gave the South Africans a competitive total. Her pace colleague, Shikha Pandey's (1/41) performance, was a major let-down in the death overs.

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The hosts, batting first after India won the toss, posted 164/4 with solid contributions coming from captain, Dane van Niekerk (38 off 31 balls), Mignon du Preez (31 off 27) and Nadine de Klerk (23 off 25).

In the absence of Jhulan, Pandey would need to shoulder more responsibility upfront. But, she would definitely need support from the other spinners - Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav and Harmanpreet. "Usually when you have a few new members, they get a lot of positive energy into the team and they are quite active on the ground too", Mithali had said after the first match.

Earlier, put into bat, South Africa scored 164 for four in their allotted 20 overs, with Chloe Tryon making a hurricane 32 not out off just seven balls. Chloe Tyron was unbeaten on 32, while Migon du Preez was not out on 31.

"T20 is so short and the margins are so much smaller, so hopefully we can bounce back in the next few". India Women 168/3 in 18.5 overs (Mithali Raj 54*, Jemimah Rodrigues 37, Veda Krishnamurthy 37*; Moseline Daniels 1-16).


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